Steelhead Science for Anglers: Corvallis

In Oregon by Shauna Sherard

steelhead science for anglers OREGON


The primary objective of the workshop is to inform anglers about the state of the science regarding steelhead issues most relevant to their angling opportunity and experience, and to provide an opportunity for anglers to share their insights with, and ask questions of the scientists. We have selected some of the very best scientists to present because they are not only experts on their topic of interest, but also because many of them enjoy fishing for steelhead. The workshop will feature eight presentations by five scientists, each of which covers a particular aspect of steelhead science (see below for topics). Each presentation will be followed by an opportunity for the audience to ask questions. The workshop will close with two short movies on steelhead. We believe that anglers will leave the workshop with a better understanding of steelhead science and how that science can be used to help develop sustainable fisheries.

We suggest arriving early because seating is limited to 100 individuals and entry will be based on a first come, first serve basis.


TU looks forward to seeing you on June 27!


Schedule of events

Time Description Speakers Topic of presentation
2:00-2:05 Opening John McMillan, TU Introduction and opening remarks
2:05-2:35 Presentation #1 Jason Dunham, USGS/OSU The story of O. mykiss, a fish both steelhead and rainbow trout
2:35-3:05 Presentation #2 John McMillan, TU The diversity of steelhead and implications for resilience
3:05-3:35 Presentation #3 Matt Sloat, OSU Adopting a life history: Why one fish becomes a rainbow trout and another a steelhead
3:35-3:45 Break 10 minute break
3:45-4:15 Presentation #4 Mark Lewis, ODFW Monitoring and estimating steelhead population size in Oregon rivers
4:15-4:45 Presentation #5 John McMillan, TU Managing steelhead for sustainability: monitoring, harvest, and angling pressure
4:45-5:25 Presentation #6 John McMillan, TU Hatcheries: Tradeoffs in harvest, conservation and productivity of wild steelhead
5:25-5:55 Presentation #7 Neil Thompson, OSU An in-depth look into the potential causes of domestication in hatchery steelhead
5:55-6:15 Presentation #8 John McMillan, TU Examples of wild steelhead success, where and why, and implications for moving forward
6:15-7:15 Steelhead movies Trout Unlimited Two short movies on steelhead and conservation, including beer and pizza